Kimi Raikkonen made a flying start to Formula 1's Belgian Grand Prix weekend by topping the timesheets for Ferrari in FP1 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on Friday morning.

Four-time Belgian Grand Prix winner Raikkonen was able to overhaul Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton with a late lap on the ultra-soft tyre, posting a fastest lap time of 1:45.502.

Hamilton had led for much of the session on the soft tyre, but ultimately finished 0.053 seconds behind Raikkonen at the end of the session. Ferrari title rival Sebastian Vettel wound up third, 0.145 seconds down on his teammate at the top.

Sporting a special Dutch helmet in honour of the tens of thousands of fans who will be making the trip across the border to Belgium this weekend, Max Verstappen led Red Bull's charge in fourth place, finishing eight-tenths of a second off Raikkonen. Teammate Daniel Ricciardo took P5, half a tenth behind.

Valtteri Bottas was unable to match his teammate's pace, fading to sixth place after enjoying a brief off-track excursion with 30 minutes to go. A mistake at Turn 12 saw Bottas clip the gravel and run off, nudging the barrier and damaging his front wing in the process.

Carlos Sainz Jr. and Esteban Ocon took P7 and P8, while Daniil Kvyat and Stoffel Vandoorne completed the top 10 for Toro Rosso and McLaren respectively.

A top-10 berth may have surprised McLaren given the power-hungry nature of the Spa circuit, but Fernando Alonso was unable to emulate his teammate's result, struggling with an engine issue and a session-long DRS problem that hindered his efforts.

There was worse news for Felipe Massa, though, who clattered into the barrier earlier in the session at Malmedy on his first flying lap, damaging the right-hand side of his Williams and sparking a red flag stoppage.

RESULTS: Belgian GP Free Practice 1



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